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frontrangegravel

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Moots has released a new gravel bike, called the 

Bikerumor shared some information about the Routt 45:

"Moots has switched things up a bit with their cyclocross bikes, turning some of them into adventure/gravel bikes. Last fall, they split the ‘cross line into a standard Psychlo-X and the racier Psychlo-X RSL, giving racers a snappier bike while relaxing the other one to fit wider tires and have a bit more universal appeal.

Somewhere between then and now, they decided to simply rename the standard Psychlo X as the Routt, and for Interbike 2014, they introduced the Routt 45, a longer, lower version perfect for light touring, bike packing and the freshly popular adventure/gravel bike segment…"

Click to read more about the Routt 45 from Bikerumor

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drick

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Seriously considering the Routt 45 for my next Gravel & Winter bike, after my Specialized Tricross was destroyed by an inattentive driver. (Fortunately, I was not seriously hurt.) For the money, I was pretty impressed with the Norco Search, but I'm skeptical about a carbon fiber frame for use on gravel and icy roads. Titanium seems more sensible... until I look at the price.

An Ultegra build with 785 disks, Enve fork, and Moots stem & seatpost has a $8115 MSRP.  That's rather pricey for a utility bike! I suppose I could build it with 105 or Rival and save a bit of money. Also, I could save about $500 by going with cable-actuated disk brakes, plus I could still have interrupter levers, which I will miss if I go hydraulic. 

Even so, it looks like for the same price a could buy two Norco Search's and keep one as a spare in case I crash the first one! Anyone want to comment on the probable difference in ride quality?

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RonDempsey

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Salsa Warbird has a TI option for half the price.
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You don't buy a Moots for price, you buy it for the fine craftsmanship and high level of attention to the details, and possibly to stand out from the crowd of aluminum and steel frames.  If none of those things are important to you I suggest the Ti Warbird, or the Search.  I have not ridden the Search so can't comment on ho wit rides, but I spent a few mins on a friends Ti Warbird and was surprised at how well it muted the rumble of a rough brick road.  For me I would go the Ti direction, but even the Warbird is a step up in price from the Search I suspect.
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Moots R pricey, but I needed custom, being so short. I never need another bike....

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Salsa Warbird has a TI option for half the price.
 Salsa's ti bikes are made by Lynskey.
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Salsa Ti bikes were made by Lynskey, but are now made overseas.  The only Ti bike left in the lineup is the Ti Vaya, which is a very nice bike. 
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